Emergency Eyewash Stations

Emergency eyewashes must be activated and visually inspected monthly. The activation and inspection must also be documented near each eyewash. This is to ensure the eyewash stations are functioning, clean, and accessible in the event they are needed. If you are exposed to a foreign particle, chemical, or biological agent, an emergency eyewash station is the most important initial step in first-aid treatment.

The Eyewash Activation Record, the log to document monthly inspections, can be found on our website at www.ehso.emory.edu under the Forms/Documents tab.


Instructions for activation and inspection:

  • Run the eyewash for 2-3 minutes, ensuring:
    • there is sufficient water flow,
    • the hands-free mechanism is functioning.
  • Ensure outlet head covers are in place.
  • Initial the ‘Eyewash Activation Record’ to document a passing activation and visual inspection.
  • If it fails, notify all users and call Campus Services (404-727-7463) for repairs.








In the event of an exposure:

  • Flush the contaminated area for 15 minutes.
  • Seek medical attention.
  • Notify your supervisor and Occupational Injury Management (OIM) at 404-686-5500.
  • Report the incident in the OIM H.O.M.E. portal (Workplace Health tile)


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